Hometown: Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Major: Health Sciences
Chiara Lilly Pandis, nicknamed Panda, was born in Germany and raised in Costa Rica. Already a global citizen who speaks three languages (German, Spanish and English)—though she admits to mixing them all together when talking to her family and close friends—Lilly is most passionate about sports, especially soccer, and animals, with five dogs and volunteering at a vet. As an extremely active teen who is always excited about life, Lilly enjoys horseback riding, soccer, theatre and going to the beach. She's also looking forward to taking a summer road trip through Europe with one of her best friends. It's this sense of curiosity and adventure that is bringing her to Chapman for a new chapter of her life—creating incredible memories, making lifelong friendships and starting down the road of a great learning experience that will take her farther in life. Besides its great location and beautiful campus, Lilly chose Chapman because of its small community of positive students who are always ready to learn and enjoy life. She also praises Chapman for how helpful everyone has been during the enrollment process. Ultimately, Lilly aspires to be an actress or brain surgeon, but after graduating from Chapman she looks forward to traveling around the world and studying to reach her life goals.
Favorite Tunes: Lana Del Rey
Favorite TV show: Grey's Anatomy
Favorite Sports Teams: Bayern Munich soccer team, the Boston Celtics for basketball
Favorite Food: Pasta
Favorite place you've visited? Dubai and Rome have been my favorite places so far.
Where would you like to visit? I would travel to Paris because I haven’t been there and it’s a city I’ve always wanted to visit.If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things could you not live without: My phone, my ring and my dog.
If you could meet anyone in history who would it be and why? Albert Einstein because he was a genius; I admire his work and his quotations.
Best advice you've received: It's better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission.
Advice for prospective students: Don't be afraid of your fears; take the opportunities that life throws at you and face them with a positive attitude.